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NFS Server Procedures and Operations
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The actual exchange of information
between an NFS client and server is performed by the underlying Remote
Procedure Call (RPC) protocol. NFS functionality
is therefore described not in terms of specific protocol operations,
but by delineating the different actions that a client may take on files
residing on a server. In the original version of NFS, NFSv2, these are
called NFS server procedures.
Each procedure represents a particular
action that a client may perform, such as reading from a file, writing
to a file, or creating or removing a directory. The operations performed
on the file require that the file be referenced using a data structure
called a file handle. As the name suggests, the file handle,
like the handle of a real object, lets the client and server grasp
onto the file. The Mount
protocol is used to mount a file system,
to enable a file handle to be accessed for use by NFS procedures.
NFS version 3 uses the same basic
model for server procedures, but makes certain changes. Two of the NFSv2
procedures were removed, and several new ones added to support new functionality.
The numbers assigned to identify each procedure were also changed.
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